Brexit’s Next Act: The Agenda for the Coming U.K.-EU Trade Talks
Representatives from the U.K. and European Union will sit down in Brussels on Monday to start negotiations over Britain’s future relationship with the bloc.
At stake is a deal that would allow tariff and quota-free trade in goods between the two sides -- but to get there, Britain and the EU will have to resolve their differences over a range of issues, including state aid, fishing rights and the writ of the European Court of Justice.
Documents published on Friday afternoon set out how those negotiations will work. Here are the key points:
Led by the EU’s Michel Barnier and the U.K.’s David Frost, the two sides will hold five rounds of talks between March and May. The first will start on March 2 in Brussels. The following round will be held in London.
|Round||Start date||End date||Location|
|1||March 2||March 5||Brussels|
|2||March 18||March 20||London|
|3||April 6||April 8||Brussels|
|4||April 27||April 30||London|
|5||May 13||May 16||Brussels|
Concurrently, 11 negotiating groups will focus on specific policy areas. They are:
- Trade in Goods
- Trade in Services and Investment and other issues
- Level Playing Field for open and fair competition
- Energy and Civil Nuclear Cooperation
- Mobility and Social Security Coordination
- Law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- Thematic Cooperation
- Participation in Union Programs
- Horizontal arrangements and governance
Britain has opted to exclude negotiations on security and defense cooperation, according to a footnote at the end of the document.
Negotiations will take place in English, and only in French “in duly justified circumstances” -- in which case, the EU will cover the cost of translation.
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